Sunday, February 26, 2012

Stitches West!

This is Margaret before Stitches West.

Here she is under 3 pounds of yarn.

And Isaac is holding more!

I'm not good at getting pictures, but we did browse most of the booths. I grabbed some stuff that was on sale and in bulk, but made notes of yarns that I would order at a later date.

I came home with some natural-colored superwash. This has a special project assigned to it that I can't speak of.

Margaret thinks I'm going to knit her a pink coat from this one, but I am not knitting a child a laceweight jacket. Not happening.

I thought this was pretty and it was only $10, so I bought it.

Margaret wants a dress from this one. That I will actually do.

I liked this one, too, and it was $10 as well. And later I discovered that it's the same color as the one above that was $10. Must be attracted to it or something. No label, sadly, but it's a cotton or a rayon boucle yarn.

After returning home, I was overwhelmed with my stash, so I spent the entire evening organizing and assigning projects to most of my skeins. Except for dishcloth cotton, acrylic for toys, and wool for felting/soakers/longies, every skein has a project assigned. I wrote the pattern down on paper and wrapped the paper around each skein. I also made the notes in my Ravelry queue.

I went to bed at midnight thirty Friday night. It was a beautiful night and I woke up Saturday excited to tackle my newly organized stash!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WIP Wednesday

As much as possible this week, I have worked on my parasol. That was, until I ran out of yarn. That's ok, though, I live in walking distance to the yarn store and there were skeins left and I'm sure getting a third wouldn't be a problem.

Famous. Last. Words.

No more skeins of my color. And if they reorder more, I can't guarantee they'll be the same dye lot. My only chance right now is to carry the tag with me to Stitches this weekend and see if the knitting goddess smiles on me and puts another skein in my path. Also, if you have a skein of Dream in Color Everlasting in the Brilliant color 712, dye lot 1732, let me know. I'll buy it off of you.

So that sits.

Meanwhile, I started swatching for a project that I can't share. But I can share the swatch. Red! The swatch needs to be washed and blocked still.

And this weekend is Stitches West! I'll be heading down either Friday or Saturday. I'm not taking any classes, but I have a very specific shopping list for future projects and I'm hoping to stock up!

FO: Bath Rug

We have a little step that goes up to our bathtub. No bath mats fit it.

As a temporary solution, we've just used a folded towel for stepping on with wet feet. But that's not very attractive.

So I knit a long mat. Though, I'm not sure if it's actually more attractive. The bathroom has red floors, a pink tub, and tiles that match the colors in the curtain. It's "eclectic."

The fabric strips were leftover from our curtains. We have plain white Ikea curtains that go to the floor. Last summer our landlady serged them to the correct lengths for the windows and I kept the scraps. Here's a window with not-to-the-floor Ikea curtains. And a Margaret. She was collecting leaves (on toy box).

I based this bath mat off of the Cocoknits Rag Bath Mat, which was, unfortunately, too wide. So I doubled up the cable, and used a background of reverse stockinette stitch (two on each side, one between the cables).

Yeah... not that attractive, but whatever. It'll fit better than a folded towel.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Try, try again

Yesterday, Margaret and I went to A Verb for Keeping Warm and she practiced some needle felting.

Her attention span was short, so I ended up finishing her project. There is a group that meets there every other Monday. I think I might start going.

Sunday I re-cast-on my parasol project, with a new yarn that I bought at A Verb for Keeping Warm on Saturday. It's blue! There's actually a lot of green in the yarn, but you can't tell here. I'll get a better pic when it's all finished. This had better work out because this is my third attempt with a new yarn.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Apricot Tree Mittens

The mittens I've been working on for a few weeks? Finished! And the pattern is written up and is available on Ravelry for $5.
I used Crystal Palace Panda Silk in Limeade (looks like that colorway is discontinued).